Seeing Squares game for an adult and child. Can you come up with a way of always winning this game?

Imagine you have an unlimited number of four types of triangle. How many different tetrahedra can you make?

You have 4 red and 5 blue counters. How many ways can they be placed on a 3 by 3 grid so that all the rows columns and diagonals have an even number of red counters?

Here are some arrangements of circles. How many circles would I need to make the next size up for each? Can you create your own arrangement and investigate the number of circles it needs?

Design an arrangement of display boards in the school hall which fits the requirements of different people.

Can you work out how many cubes were used to make this open box? What size of open box could you make if you had 112 cubes?

This 100 square jigsaw is written in code. It starts with 1 and ends with 100. Can you build it up?

Can you shunt the trucks so that the Cattle truck and the Sheep truck change places and the Engine is back on the main line?

What is the best way to shunt these carriages so that each train can continue its journey?

Swap the stars with the moons, using only knights' moves (as on a chess board). What is the smallest number of moves possible?

Imagine a wheel with different markings painted on it at regular intervals. Can you predict the colour of the 18th mark? The 100th mark?

10 space travellers are waiting to board their spaceships. There are two rows of seats in the waiting room. Using the rules, where are they all sitting? Can you find all the possible ways?

Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.

Hover your mouse over the counters to see which ones will be removed. Click to remove them. The winner is the last one to remove a counter. How you can make sure you win?

Take a rectangle of paper and fold it in half, and half again, to make four smaller rectangles. How many different ways can you fold it up?

A game for 1 or 2 people. Use the interactive version, or play with friends. Try to round up as many counters as possible.

An extension of noughts and crosses in which the grid is enlarged and the length of the winning line can to altered to 3, 4 or 5.

A game for 2 players. Given a board of dots in a grid pattern, players take turns drawing a line by connecting 2 adjacent dots. Your goal is to complete more squares than your opponent.

A game for 1 person. Can you work out how the dice must be rolled from the start position to the finish? Play on line.

Cut four triangles from a square as shown in the picture. How many different shapes can you make by fitting the four triangles back together?

How will you go about finding all the jigsaw pieces that have one peg and one hole?

How many different triangles can you make on a circular pegboard that has nine pegs?

Draw some isosceles triangles with an area of $9$cm$^2$ and a vertex at (20,20). If all the vertices must have whole number coordinates, how many is it possible to draw?

Slide the pieces to move Khun Phaen past all the guards into the position on the right from which he can escape to freedom.

We start with one yellow cube and build around it to make a 3x3x3 cube with red cubes. Then we build around that red cube with blue cubes and so on. How many cubes of each colour have we used?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outlines of the lobster, yacht and cyclist?

How many DIFFERENT quadrilaterals can be made by joining the dots on the 8-point circle?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of Mah Ling?

How many different ways can you find of fitting five hexagons together? How will you know you have found all the ways?

Some puzzles requiring no knowledge of knot theory, just a careful inspection of the patterns. A glimpse of the classification of knots and a little about prime knots, crossing numbers and. . . .

These are pictures of the sea defences at New Brighton. Can you work out what a basic shape might be in both images of the sea wall and work out a way they might fit together?

Think of a number, square it and subtract your starting number. Is the number youâ€™re left with odd or even? How do the images help to explain this?

Can you make a 3x3 cube with these shapes made from small cubes?

In each of the pictures the invitation is for you to: Count what you see. Identify how you think the pattern would continue.

Given the nets of 4 cubes with the faces coloured in 4 colours, build a tower so that on each vertical wall no colour is repeated, that is all 4 colours appear.

An ancient game for two from Egypt. You'll need twelve distinctive 'stones' each to play. You could chalk out the board on the ground - do ask permission first.

A dog is looking for a good place to bury his bone. Can you work out where he started and ended in each case? What possible routes could he have taken?

Can you fit the tangram pieces into the outline of the house?

Rectangles are considered different if they vary in size or have different locations. How many different rectangles can be drawn on a chessboard?

I found these clocks in the Arts Centre at the University of Warwick intriguing - do they really need four clocks and what times would be ambiguous with only two or three of them?

A circle rolls around the outside edge of a square so that its circumference always touches the edge of the square. Can you describe the locus of the centre of the circle?

Which of these dice are right-handed and which are left-handed?

Players take it in turns to choose a dot on the grid. The winner is the first to have four dots that can be joined to form a square.

Euler discussed whether or not it was possible to stroll around Koenigsberg crossing each of its seven bridges exactly once. Experiment with different numbers of islands and bridges.

This article for teachers describes how modelling number properties involving multiplication using an array of objects not only allows children to represent their thinking with concrete materials,. . . .

Investigate how the four L-shapes fit together to make an enlarged L-shape. You could explore this idea with other shapes too.

A shape and space game for 2, 3 or 4 players. Be the last person to be able to place a pentomino piece on the playing board.

An irregular tetrahedron is composed of four different triangles. Can such a tetrahedron be constructed where the side lengths are 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 units of length?

Can you find a cuboid that has a surface area of exactly 100 square units. Is there more than one? Can you find them all?